Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the previous offering titled "Glories of Lord Varadaraja" wherein we were meditating on the glorious rising of Lord Athi Varadar in Kanchipuram and the pastimes with His dear devotees. Now we shall see try to meditate few more.
When Srila Yamunacharya, the guru of Sripada Ramanuja acharya first visited Kanchipuram, he prayed to Lord Varadaraja that after his departure, Sripada Ramanuja acharya should carry on the legacy of Sri Vaishnavism. His disciples knew this and were eager to take Sripada Ramanujar to Srirangam. But they were also aware that Lord Varadaraja was also very attached to Ramanujar and would not allow him to leave Kanchipuram. So they decided to send a devotee by name Thiruaranga Perumal araiyar. Sri Thiruaranga Perumal, in his melodious voice glorified the Lord. Pleased with him Lord asked him what he wanted. When he informed that he wanted to take Ramanujar to Srirangam, Lord politely refused by saying - "Please ask any other boon". Such is the love of Lord for His dear devotees. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 9.4.68 Lord says,
saadhavo hrdayam mahyam / saadhunaam hrdayam tv aham
mad-anyat te na jaananti / naaham tebhyo manaag api
"The pure devotee is always within the core of My heart, and I am always in the heart of the pure devotee. My devotees do not know anything else but Me, and I do not know anyone else but them."
When Thiruaranga Perumal earnestly requested that they were very much in need of association and guidance of Sripada Ramanuja acarya, the Lord agreed and Ramanujar also obediently left for Srirangam. Even after going there, Lord Varadaraja always His dearmost Deity. Once when there was an argument between Ramanujar and advaita philosopher for nearly 17 days, Ramanujar prayed to Lord Varadaraja to help him establish the power of devotional service. Lord Varadaraja appeared in his dream and told him not to worry and that everything would be taken care in the morning. And the very next day, when the advaiti saw Sripada Ramanujar, he could notice the effulgence from his transcendental body and immediately surrendered to him and became his disciple.
After the departure of Sripada Yamaunacharya to Vaikuntha, whenever Ramanujar had some doubts, he requested Kanchipurna to ask them to Lord Varadaraja and got them clarified. Infact Lord Varadaraja personally instructed him to go and take shelter of Sripada Mahapurna. Ramanujar also took to sannyaasa order in the presence of Lord Varadaraja. So we find that for those who are completely surrendered to Him and don't know anything else other than Him, the Lord is equally eager and anxious to help them in every step.
Krishna willing we shall try to meditate on some more glorious pastimes of Lord Varadaraja with his dear devotees in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi
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